An ode to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is brilliant, and so is its yarn festival. I’ve had the perfect weekend, largely focused around friends, food and drink. And yarn. Honestly no downside. My trip seemed to get off to an inauspicious start, with my train being two and a half hours delayed. As it turned out, I was surrounded by friendly funny…

Musing on past blogging

Looking back to when I first started this blog is a look back to another life. Hey, here’s my first post! Or rather, here’s my first post of any actual content*. Back in 2005, knit blogging was a very different experience. There were far, far fewer blogs to read. There were a few big names…

My afternoon, a still life

And in no way a hastily taken photo to make the most of a rare patch of sun illuminating the pile of knitting detritus next to me. Top of the knitting pile (and bottom of the photo): a swatch of the lace pattern from Sabbatical, in Lithuanian lace linen. The pattern suggests sportweight, which is…

Travel and sock-knitting, all good (once upon a sock edition)

Sorry for the radio silence in the last few weeks – a work trip abroad somehow threw all other commitments out of the window for a week or two. Sadly it also meant a bit of slowdown on knitting, too, because I was flying with Emirates who are particularly mean about letting knitting needles onto…

Yarn chicken

Turns out my maths wasn’t quite exact enough. All the way along the cast-off row (which is a stretchy one and takes even more yarn than usual) I was thinking ‘but actually, there’s probably enough, no it’ll be fine, the law of satisfying knitting results dictates that I should be able to blog a picture…

Various small-but-nice things

Thing 1 – my freebie prize from the CoopKnits KAL arrived, with a little project bag to boot. Two skeins! I’m v pleased. Thing 2 – on Sunday I did not go off to finish my Reyna shawl, neither did I get going on finishing off my Driftwood hoodie. Instead I cast on for a…

New places, new skills

In other news, I have two exciting crafty weekends coming up in March. Weekend number one is all based around a visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I am SUPER excited about this for lots of obvious reasons! I can’t go to Unravel in a couple of weeks because I’m away for work, but an…

Finished project – Twylla socks

These were a Christmas present to myself and a joy from start to finish, even after a false start. Huge grellow love! Everything about these Twylla socks will always remind me of a contented Christmas at the end of 2016. I bought the yarn at the Pom Pom Christmas party the week before Christmas (NB:…

Finished project – Linnea socks

I’m definitely having a bit of a love affair with socks at the moment. These guys were cast on a week or so after finishing my Hortensias, and in fact this post was almost a twofer because yesterday I finished a pair of Twyllas (but have decided that they warrant both a) blocking and b)…

Finished project – actual proper storage

A post for the truly knit-dedicated, this one, and/or anyone who loves a satisfying bit of organisation-of-things. (I count myself as being in both camps, and I don’t care if that makes me sound like a 50s housewife.) So if you ticked the first box then you’ll know that knitting comes with a certain amount…